Cooperation or confrontation? The way ahead for the region

US defence secretary is fuelling tension by labelling China a threat and calling for joint deterrence

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On June 15, The Straits Times published an opinion piece titled "US stands with its partners for a free and open Indo-Pacific", written by Dr Mark Esper, the US Secretary of Defence.

This was another attempt to sell the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States after his predecessor's at the Shangri-La Dialogue last year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2020, with the headline Cooperation or confrontation? The way ahead for the region. Subscribe